The BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe MANY have ever had!

A Soft and Chewy Piece of Heaven!

I was gifted with a baker’s dozen of chocolate chip cookies for no reason from a delightful woman I know about four months ago and from the moment I took the first bite, I was struck with amazement that these cookies were homemade, and that they had NOT come out of a plastic sleeve from the grocery store’s refrigerated foods section! I have cursed this woman since that day because I can’t stop making them! They get RAVE reviews from everyone and as such, should be shared and enjoyed by others too! Sooooo…I’m giving you the recipe! The trick, I’ve found…is to bake them to the point at which they almost still look underbaked and gooey in the middle, then take them out and immediately remove them from the pan to a cooling rack. Oh! They are soooo good! The funny thing about this recipe is that it is basically the recipe that was on the bag of chips that I had at home, but it does have some tweaks…those tweaks, I’m CONVINCED…make all the difference!

DIVINE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.  (You may have to adjust the temperature of your oven, depending on how it heats.)

Mix together in a medium  bowl:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

Cream together in a large bowl:
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup butter flavored crisco
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Add to creamy mixture:
2 large eggs

Slowly add flour mixture to creamy mixture.  After it is blended well, add a little bit of milk (maybe 2 teaspoons, but that’s it).  Add 1 bag of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Scoop dough onto cookie sheet by mounded teasponfulls and bake.  Don’t judge doneness by time…judge by color.  Take cookies out when they are LIGHT tan around the edges and they appear to be slightly underdone in the center. 

I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!  Remember that all ovens are different so you may need to adjust yours.  The lady who gave me the recipe was baking hers at 375 in a gas oven and when I tried the recipe in my electric oven at the same temperature, they burned.  I eventually decided that 350 worked for me and I watch these cookies closely after 6 minutes to ensure that I catch them at the right doneness.  Please let me know if you make these!  I’d love to hear your feedback!  Also, I’ve made these with many different kinds of chips…they’re always delicious, but the mini chips just seem PERFECT! 

Give me these with an ice-cold glass of Milk and I’m in HEAVEN!

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New Etsy Shops and Finds

Not too long ago, I was featured on the Cache Valley Boutique blog.  In helping to drive traffic to the blog, I offered to feature some artists in my blog.  After enjoyably browsing their shops and wares, I have created a list to share with you.  Many of the shops have offered discounts and incentives for my blog readers so, when you buy, mention NICOLE LEE ARTISTRY’S BLOG in the “message to seller.”  I’ve noted all incentives in RED.  It is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of awesome handmade items.  Let’s begin.

MY BOYS – Custom Cards, Prints and Designs for ANY Occasion…even Web Banners!    Announcements, Thank You Cards, Save the Date Cards, Business or Pleasure –  you’re sure to find something!  Lots to choose from and custom designs are welcome.  Here’s a personal message from Holly, the mind and crafter behind the MyBoys store…”I will soon be adding a personalized stationary line! This line will feature monogrammed stationary with both simple and funky designs. As with all my products, I love to do custom orders, so if you have something specific in mind, just let me know!  Thanks, Holly”  BONUS FOR NLA BLOG READERS: Free shipping on orders over $50  Here’s a selection of what you’ll find at MyBoys Shop,

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DaisyWares  – Hand Made Vegan Jewelry & Vegan Beauty Products.  DaisyWares uses NO animal by-products and donates 10% of all sales to the Animal Place in Vacaville, CA. They are a wonderful organization that rescues abused farm animals. How nice!  DaisyWares is also a proud member of Vegan Etsy.  BONUS FOR NLA BLOG READERS: 10% off anything in the DaisyWares store and Buy one get one free on the children’s jewelry section! (Children’s section only)  Check out these great items in DaisyWare’s Etsy shop:

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Montagyoo:  Colorful and original photos and collages.  The beautiful colors and images she has will catch your eye, tug at your heart strings and definitely elicit some emotions.  Many of the images in Sara’s store make me reminisce of places I’ve been before and bring back some good memories.  Perhaps it will do the same for you! BONUS FOR NLA BLOG READERS:  Sara will send you a FREE 4×6 photo print (randomly of her choosing) with all orders that are accompanied with mention of NICOLE LEE ARTISTRY’S BLOG in the “message to seller.” 🙂

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kishcrafts – Totally unique and amazing polymer clay creations in the shapes of many, many items, but mostly foods and sweets!  Whether you’re looking for unique gifts for others or something special for yourself, trust me when I say, this is a fun shop to look at!  You’ll be amazed at the teeny, tiny creations and the incredible details in the art!  The food creations look mouth-wateringly real and will make your taste buds definitely perk!  Almost anything listed can be made into earrings, pins/brooches, cell phone charms, rings and necklaces and custom designs are welcome, so let your imagination run free!  Here’s a personal note from kishcrafts…”I am so proud to be one of your spotlight artists. Thanks again for taking the time to feature me and my little sweet treat creations!! I would like to welcome all of nicoleeartistry’s blog readers to pop on over to my etsy shop and take a look around. If you see something that catches your eye, I would be more than happy to offer you a 10% discount on any 1 item in my shop.”

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julscrafts: A very sweet, stay-at-home MOM who enjoys making a variety of crafts.  You never know what you might find in her store, but she has a lot of beautiful dried floral arrangements that would warm any home.  She also has a collection of unique destash.
BONUS FOR NLA BLOG READERS:   20% off your total order when you mention NICOLE LEE ARTISTRY in the “message to seller.”  The more you buy, the more you will save on shipping costs also!

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Wings of Healing:  Offers some awesome images in the form of post cards, greeting cards, or amazing framed art for your wall.  Most images have a lovely description or story to accompany it, so you get to learn about the images as you shop.  BONUS FOR NLA BLOG READERS: Greeting cards – Buy One Get One Free AND FREE SHIPPING on Matted photography in the United States!  Here’s a personal note from Nicole at Wings of Healing:  “I hope that you enjoy the scenes you are about to partake of.  Scenes that I hope will bless your spirit and soul.  Take the time to rest and don’t overdo it. Surround yourself with a plethora of peace, whether it be your own backyard or even scenes and music in your office or car. Thank you.  Sincerely, Nicole (Nikki)”  Wings of Healing – an enjoyable read and quite enjoyable to the eye:

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You can also visit her website at: http://www.wings-of-healing.com

And lastly, BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST…

The White Lye Soap Co. – offers handmade soap, bath and lip luxuries using the cold process method of soap-making.  All White Lye Soap Co. bath and body delights contain fresh botanicals, luscious fruits and veggies, and many other delightful additives.  They have a wonderful selection of goods for many occasions and I think you’ll see…
you’ll also find some truly delightful gift ideas as well!

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